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Warner Settles 'Happy Birthday' Copyright Suit for $14 Million

The copyright to the world's most popular song, "Happy Birthday to You," has been in dispute for decades, but if an agreement by Warner/Chappel Music to pay $14 million to end a lawsuit over the song is approved by a U.S. court, it will be free for all to use as they please. The settlement, unveiled in federal court in Los Angeles on Monday, would eliminate the music publisher's claimed ownership of the song. It also specifies that once the settlement is approved by the...

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